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Comment Methodology? (Score 2) 383

Are we just swallowing these stats, like politicians automatically buy made-up industry dollar losses? How can this even be measured? Think about it. One site may be able to show a number of download attempts, but probably can't confirm success, nor begin to measure stats from other sites.

Comment Re:Artificial Scarcity Enforcement. Yay. (Score 1) 365

As long as Steam doesn't enact a policy of disabling accounts based on reputation or accusations by other entities, such as the forum mentioned, that's good. However, I'm not sure we can rule that out. And Steam can be capricious: http://consumerist.com/2011/03/valve-disables-steam-account-wont-explain-why.html

Comment Re:This narrow, breathless hitpiece... (Score 1) 338

No argument about the prurient attraction of the piece. I do object to Google being singled out as if they were the only organization with the problem. As if all corporations, government agencies, and NGOs didn't have similar problems. I'd be a bit more worried about who is running the airport T-ray scanners, e.g.

Comment So how does one qualify? (Score 3, Interesting) 255

Which organizations? How will Microsoft define "journalist"? Will bloggers qualify? Does the journalist, the publication, and/or the group need to be outside the US?

Will they get a license key and support?

"Whatever the circumstances of the particular cases the New York Times described, we want to be clear that we unequivocally abhor any attempt to leverage intellectual property rights to stifle political advocacy or pursue improper personal gain."

So very naive. Do they think they are getting IP enforcement externalities for free?

Comment They'll include the pics (Score 2, Insightful) 635

The Wikipedia intelligentsia won't even carry spoiler alerts, because that could lead to "censorship", and is somehow "hard to define" (seems like the word "reveal" would be the main tip to me, in the same way as "like" or "as" denotes similes). But then again, they were able to censor the journalist kidnapping stuff, since the ends justify the means. So, who knows?

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